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Mount Hope Farm — Venue Spotlight

If you’ve dreamed of having a farm wedding that is anything but ordinary than Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI is the venue for you. Charming rustic appeal combined with sweeping views and exclusive catering by Russell Morin Catering & Events, Mount Hope Farm has it all. Learn more…

Photography: Erin McGinn

1. How long has Russell Morin Catering & Events been the exclusive caterer at Mt Hope Farm?

Russell Morin Catering & Events has been the exclusive caterer at Mount Hope Farm for the past three years. We’re excited to announce that this past December, we renewed the contract!

2. Do you offer full event services or strictly catering? 

We offer full event services at Mount Hope Farm! From the time you book your event, you’re working with our team for guidance throughout the whole process. We assist with your menu, your rentals, and your day-of coordination. In addition, we communicate with any outside vendors on your behalf to ensure a flawless finish!

3. Is the entire farm available to rent or only certain areas? 

In addition to our historic twelve-room bed & breakfast, we have multiple locations on-site that are available for events. Our two wedding venues, The Barn and Cove Cabin, are separated by 1.25 miles. We also have an Education Center, that is perfect for a corporate gatherings! However, we do offer a rental of the entire property for anyone who is interested in a really exclusive and unique experience.

4. How far in advance should clients book the venue? 

We have had clients book with us anywhere from 5 months to 2 years in advance of their wedding.  If you’re set on a specific date, we recommend booking sooner than later, especially if that date is in June, September or October as those are the most popular wedding months!
Our winter months are also starting to fill up quick now that winter weddings are becoming so desirable. The Barn is the perfect location for a cozy and romantic winter wedding, although the space is really great for any time of the year!

5. What makes Mt Hope Farm unique? 

If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor venue in the Bristol area, Mount Hope Farm offers a unique experience that your guests are sure to remember forever!

Our historic Barn, accompanied by beautiful lush gardens, is charming, cozy, and rustic. Enjoy your ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors, while hors d’oeuvres are passed to your guests as they play lawn games in our field. Join us indoors for the reception, while the Barn’s door remains open to allow the aesthetic of the property to decorate your entire evening.

Photography: Erin McGinn

Photography: Erin McGinn

Cove Cabin, a 1930’s Adirondack style structure located directly on Mt. Hope Bay, overlooks the stunning view of the Mount Hope Bay Bridge. This unique space offers a waterfront ceremony location and cocktail hour on the back deck of our Cabin as the sun begins to set directly in front of you. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous tented reception or a more intimate affair with the historic structure, Cove Cabin does not disappoint.

Photography: Erin McGinn

Photography: Erin McGinn

 

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Mount Hope Farm — Venue Spotlight

If you’ve dreamed of having a farm wedding that is anything but ordinary than Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI is the venue for you. Charming rustic appeal combined with sweeping views and exclusive catering by Russell Morin Catering & Events, Mount Hope Farm has it all. Learn more… 1. How long has Russell Morin Catering & Events been […]

Vivid Ultra Violet

Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, is an imaginative, cosmic hue that invigorates the soul. Here are a few of our favorite things in this vivid hue…

1. A rich purple and white invitation suite featuring a crest custom-designed by The Paper Perfectionist exudes royalty. Photographed by Kim Lyn Photography.

2. Ultra violet lighting by Ormonde Productions infuses a clear tent with energy at nightfall to get the party started. Draping by Exquisite Events. Photographed by Benedicte Verley.

3. The Roma amethyst goblet from Party Rental LTD will add vintage flair to your table setting.

4. Brilliant purple blooms range in intensity and texture creating an artistic arrangement designed by Sayles Livingston Design. Photographed by Lefebvre Photography.

5. Dine in vintage-glam style with this antique-inspired floral patterned china from Party Rental LTD.

6. Dusty plum and lavender tulle bridesmaid gowns by Jenny Yoo evoke effortless beauty. Available at the White Dress by the Shore. Photographed by Stephanie Williams.

7. Soft blooms in light purple mixed with chartreuse greens cascade down a textural white cake crafted by Peppers Catering. Photographed by Allegro Photography.

8. A timeless silhouette gets a modern update in ravishing purple chiffon. Occasions available at A Little Something White.

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Vivid Ultra Violet

Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, is an imaginative, cosmic hue that invigorates the soul. Here are a few of our favorite things in this vivid hue… 1. A rich purple and white invitation suite featuring a crest custom-designed by The Paper Perfectionist exudes royalty. Photographed by Kim Lyn Photography. 2. Ultra violet lighting […]

The Chanler at Cliff Walk – Vendor Spotlight

The beautiful views that graced the cover of our 2018 issue is from none other than The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This iconic Newport Hotel is rich with history, breathtaking architecture, and exquisite cuisine that leaves every guest enamored…

Photography by: Justin & Mary Marantz

1. How did The Chanler come to be?

The story of The Chanler begins in 1870, when New York Congressman, John Winthrop Chanler started construction on the “cottage” that would one day become The Chanler at Cliff Walk. Completed in 1873 for the steep sum of $30,000, the mansion was built as a summertime retreat for Chanler and his wife Margaret Astor Ward, great granddaughter of the distinguished businessman and millionaire John Jacob Astor. From the time it left ownership of The Chanler family until the 1940s, the building went through many incarnations, yet was still primarily referred to as Cliff Lawn. The story of our hotel starts with the purchase of the property in 2000 by John and Jean Shufelt. They envisioned creating a luxury hotel and restaurant experience that had not been seen in New England. The project took three years to complete and in 2003, The Chanler at The Cliff Walk officially opened to the public. The Chanler is now owned and operated by John Shufelt’s daughter, Lani Shufelt. Lani emphasizes guest interaction as the distinguishing factor of The Chanler. Their hospitality is consistently awarded with numerous accolades by travel professionals in recent years. A combination of genuine hospitality and bespoke amenities has refreshed the experience for its future guests to appreciate.    

2. Can the entire hotel (including accommodations) be rented out for events?

Yes, the entire hotel including accommodations can be rented out for weddings/events. The Chanler has hosted numerous buyouts throughout its history.

3. Has The Chanler won any awards? 

The Chanler has had the honor of winning many awards throughout its existence. Most recently, in 2018, The Chanler was awarded a Gold badge by U.S. News & World Report which signifies The Chanler as one of the “Best Hotels in the USA”. The Chanler was also awarded the 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor. This award is given to only the top 1% of hotels on TripAdvisor, according to their ranking. Finally, The Chanler was again nominated in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Results with complete rankings will be announced in the August print issue.

4. Tell us about The Spiced Pear. What type of cuisine is served? How often does the menu change? Who is the Executive Chef? 

At The Spiced Pear, thoughtful cuisine offers an inventive interpretation of classic New England dishes and French influences. Our menu changes seasonally which allows us to incorporate the freshest and most local ingredients. The Executive Chef is Matt Voskuil, who recently joined our team in February for our re-opening after our brief annual winter closing.

Photography by: Justin & Mary Marantz

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk – Vendor Spotlight

The beautiful views that graced the cover of our 2018 issue is from none other than The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This iconic Newport Hotel is rich with history, breathtaking architecture, and exquisite cuisine that leaves every guest enamored… 1. How did The Chanler come to be? The story of The Chanler begins in 1870, […]

Captivating Beauty at The Chanler

Secret garden elegance meets refined vintage glamour for this styled shoot tucked away at The Chanler on the Newport Cliff Walk.

Rich with history, The Chanler embodies old world elegance with its opulent architecture and gilded décor. The back lawn with its vast ocean views was the perfect canvas for an elegant, garden-like display of floral extravagance. Forgoing the traditional rectangular trellis, Sayles Livingston and her team at Sayles Livingston Design covered a circular trellis in peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, sweet peas, hydrangea, lemon leaf, eucalyptus, and ferns creating a romantic setting for the ceremony site that overlooked the ocean. The soft, neutral palette allowed Beth Chapman of the White Dress by the Shore to style the bridal party in rich, jewel tones and sumptuous textures like fur a gold embossed bridal gown as a nod to the autumn season. The entrance to the back trellis was draped with stormy-gray linens laced with greenery evoking a secret garden-like vibe as you walked up the steps. Crystal chandeliers floated above a traditional wooden table that was draped with a shadow gray velvet runner topped with lush flora that cascaded down to the stone patio creating a look of effortless luxury.

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Captivating Beauty at The Chanler

Secret garden elegance meets refined vintage glamour for this styled shoot tucked away at The Chanler on the Newport Cliff Walk. Rich with history, The Chanler embodies old world elegance with its opulent architecture and gilded décor. The back lawn with its vast ocean views was the perfect canvas for an elegant, garden-like display of […]

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